The Blues should be happy with the form of Josh Goodhue and Tom Robinson for the Taniwha so far. Also think they could do a lot worse than Ross Wright for a squad spot covering Loosehead and Hooker
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RE: British Politics
And yet, it's the same rhetoric that I've not witnessed once, from anybody living here.
I think a lot of Londoners don't actually know what is going on in their own City. Living over there the last 3 years I was amazed by just how many people largely spend most of their lives in the borough they live in. Venturing out only to catch the bus/coach to Stansted or Gatwick for the week long all inclusive beach holiday at Mallorca or Ibiza etc. I was always shocked how many of them have barely seen their own city let alone their own country. It's one thing living in Wimbledon or Barnes and discussing politics with friends over high tea and a completely different story going to somewhere like Southall, Edmonton Green or Harlesden etc.
A lot of left wing apologists I met try to make it sound like it's all middle aged white people and right wing neo Nazis that voted Brexit or think immigration is out of control. It's most definitely not. I was in a position where I was going to all sorts of different parts of London for work during the Brexit referendum and I always found it interesting hearing peoples thoughts on it.
RE: Parker v ??
@bovidae I reckon he's rattled and that's why he's carrying on like that. He might not like JP but why not talk to the media? When I lived in London I worked with a guy based in Watford who said he had a bit of a rep around Watford for being a bit of a street thug. Thought maybe it was Tall Poppy/Sour Grapes but heard it a few times during the short time I worked there. I'm not convinced by his 'Holier than thou' act - he's like the Adam Gilchrist of boxing.
RE: Crusaders v Blues
What the fuck is with the constant use of "learnings" by coaches, players and the post match tv guys? Coaching 101 buzz word?
Why not say lessons?
Thought Goodhue was awesome tonight.
Closest thing to Nonu NZ have had since Nonu.
Duffy comically bad. Can't remember a single good thing he has done this year.
Rieko at 12 is a disaster.
What happened to Read? Was he just given a rest?
I reckon more like a bigger, more physical version of Conrad Smith. Has a high work rate and very intelligent like Conrad.
RE: v North Harbour
Big shame Northland couldn't hold on for the win, with 5 minutes to go I thought we had it.
North Harbour are definitely a good side these days, think we did well but obviously one that got away. Breen was good while he was on but think he will be gutted about his effort on Volavola.
I reckon Sam Nock has been a big improver this season - todays game he was really good. If he maintains that form he will be putting a lot of pressure on for the Blues 9 jumper. Matiu and Faleafa both offered some good aggression - think it's good having Faleafa on the bench with his hard running. We missed Matich (all game) and Bonds tackling in the 2nd half.
Jordan Hyland has definitely stepped up this season, obviously got the try today but also his defence and physicality is a big plus.
Not sure if we will get any extra Super Rugby players despite our form. Still think Jack Ram would be great at that level but I reckon Witcombe will be having franchises keen on him in a coaching role soon - we were good before he left, rubbish while he was gone and he's come back and got us humming. It helps having Goodhue and Ranger come back but other than that the squad is relatively similar to the last 2 seasons.
Also how good was Ross Wrights one handed catch and off load?!? - can't believe he got ruled out for that!
RE: Blues 2019
Another positive was that Matich looked a lot better than Taramai at this level.
Not getting at your comment or assessment @Tim but it occurred to me that considering the amount of moaning we do about depth being eroded by overseas clubs the players that stick around to make up the numbers here cop a lot of criticism. Taramai is the type of player that could earn ok in Japan/Italy or second tier UK/France yet is still here.
Maybe we should accept that there is a place for these guys and judge them accordingly?
So like Matt Matich then? I had heard he was likely to head offshore after the last NPC if he didn't pick up a SR gig. As @Duluth mentioned he has been consistently good for a few seasons now (arguably much better than Taramai) and never got much of a chance.
RE: Blues vs Crusaders
I was surprised by Robinsons first half performance (before the YC), he just seemed to seagull around rather than getting stuck in. After he came back on he played a bit more like I was expecting. The YC was damaging but I don't think McDonald will be worried about the intent, just the execution. If he maintains his second half form he will be a big asset for the Blues.
I thought Josh Goodhue had a very good game, carried well and worked hard on defence. No head turning moments but if he keeps playing like that, it should free up some of the other more expansive forwards.
Early days but 9-10 still looks like a weak point. Thought Black stood far too deep which really put the backline on the back foot and meant they were going to have to rely on individual brilliance. Hopefully it improves as the season goes on.
RE: v North Harbour
Codie Taylor (until 2021), Sam Whitelock, Oli Jager, Mitchell Drummond (2020); Kieran Read, Owen Franks, Israel Dagg, Joe Moody, Ben Funnell, Tim Perry, Mitchell Hunt, George Bridge, Jack Goodhue, David Havili, Richie Mo'unga, Tom Sanders, Braydon Ennor (2019); Matt Todd, Ryan Crotty, Seta Tamanivalu, Wyatt Crockett, Jordan Taufua, Scott Barrett, Luke Romano, Mike Alaalatoa, Jone Macilai, Leon Fukofuka, Pete Samu, Digby Ioane, Bryn Hall (2018).
Hopefully he stays injury free for them so gets more gametime next season!
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RE: Northland 2021
@taniwharugby sounds like he just chose to go back down there. I reckon that he stayed loyal to McLeod - good on him. My take is that he has played about 4 or 5 seasons at NPC level without ever really even looking comfortable so wouldn't blame the NRU if they did overlook him.
RE: Northland v Otago
@taniwharugby it is pretty hard case about Davies. We're not going to have the most mobile front row this week but the scrum should go well! Probably plenty for Uluilakepa to learn alongside Davies and Wright.
I think it is good they're good they're giving Faukafa another go at 8. Played well there last match.
Good to see Tua back starting - him and Ranger should create good space for each other.
Very good line up, hopefully they play like last game.
RE: Northland v Waikato
That was a pretty good performance. Hopefully we can build from that. I thought that was definitely our packs best performance of the season - bar a couple of scrums and 2 or 3 lineouts. I think that was a good balance to the pack - particularly in the loosies. Surprised to hear that was Faukafa's first game at 8. He seems well suited to it, hopefully he carrys on that form - it's good having a big ball runner at 8.
Been good to see Justin Davies have another go at playing for Northland - always rated him in his first stint. Looks like he wasn't expecting to be playing this level again but going well - scrum improved once he came on.
I think we need to fit Tamati Tua in somewhere. While Gregory is injured he should be at 12, once Gregory is back then probably should go to the right wing. He's too good to sit on the bench. Just on Gregory - I can't understand why we would play one of our best players out of position at centre. Just put him at 12 and leave him there - if he can do it in SR he can surely do it in NPC.
We need to get Macilai on the ball more - still a massive weapon at this level.
Was Reihanas best game for Northland - will be interesting to see if 15 is his best position or whether he just enjoyed being on the front foot more. Think it was a good call to have Hawkins do the goal kicking and Reihana do most of the out of hand kicking.
You slot Robinson, Tua and Gregory back into that team and it does start to have a strong look about it.
RE: Northland v Tasman
I reckon there were a few guys that really stepped up this week compared to the first few games. Olsen, Caird, Goodhue and Moemoedonu all played well. Pryor had a big impact when he came on - brings a lot more energy. Wonder if the Blues will be looking at Caird, they need locks, he's bulked up, still a good ball carrier and good in line out. Could definitely do worse.
I thought today after Hohaias efforts in the first half it would make sense to bring J Cooper on at fullback and push N Cooper into the midfield. Thought N Cooper tackled well but didn't show much in attack. Was way out of position for the offside 'try'. As @taniwharugby said we need to get Macilai involved more. He could be so damaging like Fainganuku and Telea were for Tasman.
If we play like that against the Championship teams we will go well this season.
RE: Northland v Taranaki
I'm not worried about our pace. I reckon we're pretty good there - Nock is quick for a 9, Macilai has plenty of speed, Gregory and Tua are a quick midfield combo and Leilua is no slouch.
We need our pack to front up this week. They got blown away last week. We need to muscle up at the breakdown and make our tackles.
RE: Wellington vs Northland
@taniwharugby definitely testing the patience of the faithful that’s for sure!
There was a lack of intensity, speed, accuracy in our performance that we have all seen before. Balls being stripped from players, props running upright, players being isolated at the breakdown, broken line defence. Generally we have players that can match it physically but our speed was off and exposed when you play the squads with all s15 players. I hear that we were very good against Auckland - trick is getting players up regularly.
I would say the number 1 action this week is choosing a 3rd halfback. How do you ever go into a match with one specialist halfback?
Couldn't agree more @kev
In some respects it seemed like a pre season game. We've been pretty lucky the last few seasons I think we've been able to ease into the season without playing one of the stronger teams first up. It's going to take a big lift in performance to get a result this week.
Hopefully Nock is back for rest of the season - that game showed how influential he is for us
RE: Wellington vs Northland
Think Tua and Gregory are both better at 12 so will be interesting to see which way round they would set up in midfield together.
Gregory at 12 IMO. He looks better when he has less time to think.. keep him closer in. Tua has a good outside break too
Think Gregory has an all round game that is best suited to 12. His left footed kicking game yesterday is another advantage for him being at 12. Tua last year seemed to find his feet at 12. Like you say he has a bit of pace to get on the outside, will probably come down to how he defends at 13
RE: Wellington vs Northland
Hearing that Ranger has a broken arm ,definitely season ending if it’s the case
Sad. He is a big player for us.
Backline of Nock, Reihana, Gregory, Tua, Hyland, Macalai, Rush would be great.
Does still look good but as @taniwharugby says there's not much depth after that. Think Tua and Gregory are both better at 12 so will be interesting to see which way round they would set up in midfield together.